Scale Evaluation and Eligibility Determination of a Field-Test Version of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System Third Edition

Michael D. Toland, Jennifer Grisham, Misti Waddell, Rebecca Crawford, David M. Dueber

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Abstract

Rasch and classification analyses on a field-test version of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System Test—Third Edition (AEPS-3), a curriculum-based assessment used to assess young children birth to age 6 years, were conducted. First, an evaluation of the psychometric properties of data from each developmental area of an AEPS-3 field-test version was conducted. Next, cutoff scores at 6-month age intervals were created and then the validity of the cutoff scores was evaluated. Results using Rasch modeling indicated acceptable model fit statistics with reasonable reliability estimates within each developmental area. Classification results showed cutoff scores accurately classified a high percentage of eligible children. Findings suggest that scores from a field-test version of the AEPS-3 are reliable within developmental areas. To the extent allowed by state criteria, early childhood interventionists could possibly use a new field-test version of the AEPS-3 to determine or corroborate eligibility for special education services.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Research funding was provided by the Early Intervention Management and Research Group (EMRG), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the improvement of the AEPS.

Publisher Copyright:
© Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2021.

Keywords

  • curriculum-based assessment
  • eligibility determination
  • measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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